What better way to beat the winter blues than with a relaxing break to sunnier climes? So, shed those winter woollies and top up your vitamin D with a sunny escape to one of these winter sun destinations?
Flight time from the UK: 9 hours
The tropical climate in the Dominican Republic means that the weather will still be hot and sunny during the winter months, with average temperatures of a balmy 26°c in December.
Sitting on the far eastern coast of the Dominican Republic, the region of Punta Cana is a gorgeous destination for a relaxing beach holiday to escape the chill back home. At this time of year, the air and the sea are both lovely and warm, perfect for a dip in the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Flight time from the UK: 3 hours
For a stunning holiday hotspot not too far from home, hop on a flight and you could be soaking up the Maltese sun in just three hours! The beautiful Mediterranean island of Malta is nestled in between Sicily and the exotic North African coast, making it a lusciously warm destination, ideal for catching some rays when the weather turns chilly back in Blighty.
Temperatures in December can peak at a cool but pleasant temperature at around 17°C. Not swelteringly hot, but nice and comfortable for exploring all this beautiful country has to offer.
Visit the capital city, Valletta, which was crowned European Capital of Culture in 2018, and is recognised by UNESCO for its historical and cultural value.
Flight time from the UK: 3 hours
With its moderately short flight time from the UK, budget friendly package deals and warm climate, Spain has a lot to offer the off-season traveller. And if it's sun you're after (which we're assuming it is!), where better to head to than the Costa Del Sol? Aptly translating as "Coast of the Sun", the Costa del Sol is blessed with a microclimate that delivers beautiful blue skies, 325 days of sunshine a year, and average December temperatures of 18°c.
So, dust off your favourite pair of shades, break out the sun cream and head for one of the beautiful beaches that line the sunshine coast!
Flight time from the UK: 12 hours
If you're really looking to turn up the heat on your winter getaway, and you're not put off by a long-haul flight, Thailand could be the holiday destination for you. Visiting Thailand in the winter months is ideal as the monsoon rain moves out, making way for dry, pleasant weather with average temperatures of 27°c.
If it's lush jungle and picture postcard beaches you're after, look no further than the tropical island of Koi Samui. Known for its palm fringed beaches, coconut groves and dense, mountainous rainforest, treat yourself to a stay in one of the island's many luxury resorts. While you're there, you simply have to visit the Wat Phra Yai Buddhist Temple with its impressive 12-metre golden statue of the Buddha!
Flight time from the UK: 4.5 hours
Dotted with castles, churches, monasteries, mosaics, white-sand beaches and the glistening blue seas, Cyprus is a land for romantics. Best of all, Cyprus has one of the warmest winters of all the Mediterranean countries thanks to the island's location just south of Turkey.
On the southwest coast of Cyprus, you'll find the ancient city of Paphos. The perfect mix of old and new, expect a richly romantic harbour town complete with pristine beaches, winding cobbled streets and traditional tavernas. Temperatures in Paphos are very pleasant during the winter months, with December seeing highs of 18°c.
Flight time from the UK: 7 hours
Winter in Qatar is warm but comfortable compared to the sweltering heat in summer months. Expect highs of around 24°c in December.
The capital city, Doha is the country's fastest growing city and the economic hub of the country. Expect no shortage of luxury hotels, glitzy shopping malls and Michelin star restaurants. There's also a fascinating culture to be discovered, other-worldly landscapes to be appreciated and remarkable architecture to be gazed upon. Explore the vast desert surrounding the city with a safari excursion complete with a camel ride, then soak up the culture with a trip to the Museum of Islamic Art.
Wherever you decide to spend your time in the long winter months, make sure you are covered should anything unexpected happen! Purchasing travel insurance means you can relax and enjoy your well-earned winter break without the fear of a hefty hospital bill or lost luggage putting a dampener on your holiday.
It's best to sort out your travel insurance as soon as you've booked your winter getaway so you're covered if you need to cancel your trip for any unforeseen reason. This doesn't mean you have to accept the default insurance policy offered by your airline or travel agent. You may get a better deal by comparing quotes online.
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